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King Charles Bans Foie Gras From All Royal Households

The King has banned the immensely cruel product foie gras from all royal residences, in a victory for animals.
King Charles bans foie gras

King Charles has banned ‘torture in a tin’ product foie gras, as he condemns the cruel production of this so-called delicacy, according to animal organisation Peta. 

The production of foie gras causes unimaginable suffering to millions of birds every year. 

It is produced by a process known as ‘gavage’, where ducks and geese are force-fed through a metal tube inserted into their throats, until their livers swell up to ten times their natural size. The animal’s diseased liver is then sold and marketed as ‘foie gras’.

Birds are ruthlessly force-fed through metal tubes until their livers swell to ten times their natural size.

Foie gras production by force-feeding is banned in the UK, but the nation continues to import hundreds of tonnes of the product from other countries each year. 

Animal Equality’s brave investigators have captured footage from a dozen foie gras farms in Spain and France over the years. 

These harrowing images show ducks and geese suffering severely in barren, wire cages, with many terrified birds struggling whilst they are ruthlessly force-fed with metal tubes. The British public continues to show outrage and disgust when viewing these horrors.

The ducks and geese endure sever psychological and physical suffering during their difficult and short lives.

Animal Equality launched a campaign to ban the importation of foie gras produced by force-feeding in 2017. 

Since then, our petition has gained over 275,000 signatures, as the British public joins together to demand that this cruel and unnecessary product is removed from shops and restaurants in the UK. 

Our campaign has strong support from across the political spectrum. Animal Equality has secured cross-party backing, with leading political figures in Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green parties announcing support for our demand.

Michelin-starred chef Alex Gauthier and actor Peter Egan joined Animal Equality to hand in 225,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street.

In April 2020, following lobbying from Animal Equality and sympathetic MPs, Lord Goldsmith – former Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) – confirmed in a letter that ‘The production of foie gras from ducks or geese using force feeding (known as gavage) raises serious animal welfare concerns’ and is ‘incompatible with our domestic legislation’.

Defra sources publicly claimed in March 2021 that a ban was imminent. However, almost two years later we are no closer to seeing concrete action on this issue from the Government. 

The King’s leadership on this issue should send a clear message to the Government that a delay on this ban is not acceptable. 

The Government must take action to ban foie gras imports now.

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